It was a hot August day and we had been walking around the incredible, alluring streets of Aix for hours when we stumbled upon Thermes Sextius. We couldn’t have asked for a better surprise. We debated spending the extra money, but really the price was quite reasonable at around 60 Euros per person for access to so many relaxing treatments for an entire day. It was kind of like a European spa amusement park, but in the best way. Picture going from one rejuvenating treatment to the next minus any lines or crowds, repeating your favorites as many times as you like, and spending as many or as few minutes on each treatment. I spent about 3 hours rotating between the following: steam room, authentic Finnish sauna, tropical and marine rain showers, hot bath, cold bath, outdoor mineral spring pool, and lounging in the gardens. 3 words: heaven on earth.
The Thermes Sextius spring water, which is highly rich in minerals and trace elements, is used in all the hydrotherapy treatments. These medicinal waters promote overall healing of the body including circulation stimulation and tissue drainage.
During a week of nonstop traveling between Evian, Aix and Paris, these few hours were exactly what I needed half way through the trip to completely relax and rejuvenate. If you are ever in the South of France, I highly recommend visiting Aix-en-Provence and if you visit Aix then you must, must, must spend a few hours at this ancient healing oasis.